February 2, 2022

Winter For A Bit Longer

 

Good morning! This is what greeted me when I opened my eyes this morning. And although it is quite cold outside, I am enjoying these winter days here on the lake. When we are out on the boat on warm summer evenings, surrounded by green trees and blue skies, I can hardly imagine the cold, ice-covered lake surrounded by bare trees that I see today. And today, as I look outside at the people huddled around a small circle ice fishing, I can hardly imagine the lake in summer, waves rolling as boats and jetskis fly by.

I suppose that is how life is. And it is why I am learning to completely live in the moment, not thinking of what was or what will be. Whatever that is, it is. And what is now is now. Learning that any worry or anxiety I have simply has no bearing on the past or the future is a challenge for me. But I am working on it. A work in progress, so they say!


We did celebrate Chinese New Year last night. We had take out with Chinese music in the background. I had grand plans of making an entire Chinese meal, complete with a special cake for dessert. Obviously, that did not happen, partly because my local store does not carry a Chinese 5 Spice blend for the cake. Nevertheless, we had a lovely dinner together. And no cleanup, so there's that!

Have a wonderful Wednesday, my friends.
I will be around to visit!

Billie Jo



17 comments:

  1. Winter will be in full force here over the next couple of days. Your view is lovely and your Lunar New Year meal looks so good. I love the plate. Stay warm and cozy.

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  2. I love your take on living in the moment! I find myself saying frequently that I miss this or can't wait to be done with that. I need to live in the moment more and enjoy whatever season I am in and appreciate it more. Thanks for the eye opener this Wednesday morning. By the way, I live in Texas and we are expecting snow today and tomorrow and I am so excited! I'm sure it won't be as beautiful as yours, but I will take what I can get. Blessings to ya'll!

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  3. Wonderful advice in your post, I need to work on following it over here. That plate of Chinese food looks delicious. Hope you have a great day enjoying all your beautiful views.

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  4. Great advice! Seems whenever I think about what was I get sad and whenever I think about what will be I get anxious. Living in the moment is the best way to live!

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  5. I never tire of seeing your view of the lake! Love how you celebrated the Chinese New Year. There are so many reasons to celebrate, isn't it fun?

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  6. That meal looks so tasty!! Yum! And your view is lovely! We don't have snow, but the cold wind is here and I find myself wishing for warm temps. They were get here when they get there, right! Have a great day!

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  7. My mouth is watering over that yummy meal, Billie Jo! You and I are pondering the same things. I love the view over your lake. What a great metaphor for life stretched before you! Stay warm, my friend.

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  8. What a gorgeous, serene view to wake up to! The Chinese take-out looks delicious. I especially like egg rolls. It's so nice to get a break from cooking now and then, I think. Have a good day!

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  9. Hi Billie Jo. I love the fun way you celebrate every holiday. We love Chinese take-out. You are so right that all of our depression and anxiety is actually all in because of our thoughts. I am learning when I can take charge of my thoughts, I can change the way I feel and the results I get. Amen to living in the moment! By the way, if you haven't read Everything We Didn't Say by Nicole Baart, you might really enjoy it. Hope the rest of the week goes well for you. :-)

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  10. Lovely photo you shared on ice/snow on lake. Sitting under a cozy blanket it is a good thing. I like drinking hot tea. I had hot tea with my lunch when I ate out Tuesday afternoon. Hot tea with dinner tonight and may drink another one later. Your Chinese food looks delicious. Have a good week!

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  11. There's nothing like Chinese food. It's so Yummy, and haven't had it in awhile. There's only one Chinese restaurant up here, and I haven't tried it yet. That's wonderful that you are trying to live in the moment. It's not easy to do with all the cares of the world, but I'm trying to do the same. We will try together. ; ) Your lake views always make me smile.

    Happy February days, Billie Jo.

    ~Sheri

    *LOVE your candy heart side bars! I saw some at the store today. They are so fun for the kids.....and grown-ups. ; )

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  12. Hi Billie Jo~ If I looked out my window each day at that beautiful scene, I would want winter to last at least 6 more weeks...it's gorgeous! I used to think that I needed to stay busy every minute. I don't think that anymore. I think that it's important to live in the moment, keeping up on what you need to do to stay happy, but enjoying the simple things in life...like reading a book, enjoying a tv show or taking a nap...nothing wrong with that at all! Your Chinese take-out looks so delicious, I love that you celebrate every holiday, that's so much fun. I love your photo too, always so pretty! T
    he weeks almost over, enjoy the rest of it!

    Hugs,
    Barb

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  13. That view is gorgeous! Your Chinese celebration food looks yummy! I can never cook Chinese food well at home, so we usually do take out. Now I want some, but it will have to wait until this winter storm is over. We are currently getting snow after getting freezing rain all day long!

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  14. Playing catch up. Where you live is so beautiful in every season. And I just wanted to say if you want me to send you Chinese 5 spice I'd be happy to! I put it in my pumpkin pie every Thanksgiving and it adds that "hmmm, what is that?" that's special to the flavor. 😉 If you email me your new address it'd be fun to send you some. But either way...stay cozy! xo

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Thanks so much for saying hello!

Billie Jo